Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1


    Member Since
    May 12, 2010
    Posts
    23
    Bootcamp and more
    Ok, so I have a MacBook Pro 3,1 and the DVD drive no longer works. I need to get AutoCAD installed on my MacBook, which means I need to get Bootcamp on, and get Windows installed. So my question is this, Can I Install Windows and then the windows drivers drom my MAC OS X disk via an external USB DVD drive? And if so, how easy/difficult is it keeping in mind that I am a total newbie to all things MAC having crossed over very recently from a Microsoft based PC? ANy help much appreciated.

  2. #2

    chscag's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 23, 2008
    Location
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Posts
    48,248
    Specs:
    Late 2013 27" iMac, iPad 3, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    Note: Moved to appropriate forum.

    You can not install Windows via Boot Camp using an external DVD drive because the proper drivers aren't in place until after the installation of Windows is finished. (The external drive will not be seen.)

    You may be able to use virtual software instead: Parallels, VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox. However, I do not know how well AutoCad would run in a virtual machine versus native Windows.

    Regards.

  3. #3


    Member Since
    May 12, 2010
    Posts
    23
    Thanks for that reply. I installed Parallel, and then windows XP, and then my windows software, such as AutoCAD, sketchup, Vray, podium and they all work fine now on the MAC. I actually installed Windows from an ISO file on an external HDD since my DVD drive is broken. ALl seems to have worked well.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Bootcamp not letting me set up Win7 in Bootcamp partition. Help?
    By Penguinator.04 in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 02-16-2013, 05:46 PM
  2. Why change Win7 sp1 x64 bootcamp to Win7 sp1 x86 bootcamp using OSX Snow Leopard?
    By tomot in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 06-29-2011, 05:00 PM
  3. isight not working in bootcamp or osx after bootcamp install
    By fingercuffs in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-03-2011, 02:01 PM
  4. Problem when installing windows xp with bootcamp(black screen and no disk bootcamp)
    By neithan69 in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 04-14-2011, 04:04 PM
  5. Help XPSP2 Bootcamp:No Wireless Networking While Booted Via Bootcamp
    By XJ-linux in forum Running Windows (or anything else) on your Mac
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-11-2008, 01:40 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •